A part of our “New Works” series, this series spotlights new plays that have yet to be produced or a new playwright who is seeking support for their first reading or full-stage production. Freshly Rooted is a staged reading of new works to engage with audiences and introduce community members to brave new voices, telling stories in innovative and bold new ways.

Following the last staged reading on April 1, we will host “Pour It Out,” an open discussion forum where distinguished playwrights from around the Country will give their insightful perspectives on the readings presented. Admission to “Pour It Out” will be free. If you plan to only attend this session, you will be admitted once the readings conclude. “Pour It Out” will be streamed Live.

Art Sea Gallery (3195 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137)

Tickets: $20

All plays written by Michael Oatman

Far From A Distant Shore

Albert Einstein, WEB DuBois, and Paul Robeson meet at Einstein’s home to settle old scores and work on the 1946 Anti-lynching petition.

The Benediction

A shadowy bad man pays a visit to a troubled pastor in search of a crucial piece of information.

Not A Uterus in Sight

A female college professor is arrested by a Black FBI agent after giving an incendiary speech at an abortion protest that leads to the death of a police officer.

The Slap

In the wake of the Will Smith/ Chris Rock Oscar slap incident – Jada Pinkett Smith flashes back to the rocky origin of her marriage which was born out of a love triangle between her, Will Smith and Tupac Shakur.